Tag Archive | Real Music

We are most like God the Creator when…

Why should we praise and thank God, since God needs nothing from us? But need is not the point. Love is. God mad the world from nothing, needing nothing from the world, and our response to this grace is grateful praise—the response of a loving heart to the God who loves. We are most like […]

Suffering, Death, and Liberation Into a World

The Christian way is to enter into suffering and death with Christ. We see that He did not dismiss our suffering with contempt, but took it to Himself, embraced it, and fathomed the depths of desolation upon the cross…. He has broken the bonds of sin and death—death, not just the cessation of physical powers, […]

Jesus, All My Gladness

Here let’s glance at another translation of the same German poem [Jesu, Meine Freude], by J.W. Wotherspoon (1912): + Wotherspoon… makes sure that the final line of the first stanza echoes the first line—they will be sung to the same notes—and that the final line of the entire hymn will repeat the first line exactly. […]

Noting the Final Corporal Work of Mercy

I’m fond of noting the final corporal work of mercy, to bury the dead. It shows the high regard Christians have for the body, which isn’t a husk to be shucked away, but the flesh our Savior took on and sanctified, and which will be raised again. + “I look forward to the resurrection of […]

The Dying Thief and the Pelican

Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) sets the gold standard for Eucharistic hymns….Let us look at his Adoro Te, translated into English as Lost, All Lost in Wonder, by the great Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins: Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore, Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more, See, Lord, at thy service […]

I Burned For Your Peace

“With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit will I seek thee early” (Is 26:9). St. Augustine knew that longing, when he wrote this most poignant passage in his Confessions: Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! Lo, you were […]

How good to those who seek!

O hope of every contrite heart, O joy of all the meek, To those who fall, how kind Thou art! How good to those who seek! The Lord is kind to those who fall, as the Samaritan was kind to the man who had fallen among thieves; but He is good beyond description, bounteous, to […]